“For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”
-2 Corinthians 4:6
This morning my husband got up with our girls so that I could take a sunrise walk. Sunrise is my favorite time of the day to take a walk. It is so cool to see light breakthrough and flood the earth that was filled with darkness just minutes before. And it’s not a sudden thing. The sun slowly inches up into the sky and little by little the shadows disappear. As we approach spring time we are getting more light and less darkness. I love this about spring time. As we get more light, new life and growth spring up from the ground. I took this picture on my walk this morning. The sun began shining on the land, drowning out the darkness little by little, and the fields seemed to be crying out for cultivation, nourishment and growth.
God, who called sunlight into the darkness, calls light to flood into our hearts as well. As more light shines into our hearts, new growth springs up. Our hearts are crying out for cultivation, ready to be prepared for use. They thirst for light and nourishment. I read a devotional this morning that made the connection between spring time and the lent season. It was written by fellow Faith Writer Karen Pourbabaee, and she pointed out that Lent, just like spring time, is a time for new growth as we focus our attention more on God through fasting and moderation. I just can’t get over this connection. It is no coincidence that these two seasons coincide; it is the Sovereign will of God. As we turn our focus to God, allowing His light to drown out the darkness in our hearts, cultivation begins, new seeds are planted, life springs up, and we see the glory of God!
Thank you for sunlight and for the increasing sunshine that is headed our way. Father, thank you also for shining light into my heart. I pray that your light would illuminate even the darkest parts of my heart where shadows are currently being cast. Lord, my desire is that your light would completely flood my heart so that new life springs up. When harvest time rolls around I pray that the end result would be a heart that reflects the heart of Jesus. Thank you for the work you are doing in my heart. May you be glorified through this new life, God. I love you! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.